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My name is Gabriela, and I am a bruja.
It is one of the truest things about me. I have known this about myself since I was a little girl.
People have their own misconceptions and assumptions about what this word means. People who know me intimately are often also afraid for others' misconceptions and the assumptions when I say it out loud, when I claim it.
The truth is, I'm tired of tip-toeing around it. As someone committed to helping women live their truth, it's time for me to own it fully and say it out loud. I know it starts in spaces like these.
That word "Bruja" to me, encompasses my connection to my divinity, a claiming of my spirituality on my terms and those of my lineage, a way of living and communing with the divine that is my Caribbean roots, that is my grandmothers and their villages of support, that owns the gifts we didn't dare speak of outside of the home, and the ones I am still discovering within myself.
Altars. Feng Shui. Vision Boards. Sacred Objects. Sacred Spaces.
Everything physical around us, also has energy.
I've also been a pen and paper girl since I kept diaries as a young teen. Something in me has always known that when I write things down, there is power in that action.
When I launched my business in 2014, I knew intuitively that my trusted pen and paper would be how I would go about setting intentions and organizing it all.
I became the queen of the giant post-its. As a strategist, I was mapping out business plans, marketing strategies and content plans in massive post its for my clients for years (many still live in their walls years later!)
I always found comfort in...
All this week, I've been feeling a heaviness that didn't start to lift until I named it.
Everyone in our home has had Omicron over the past two weeks. We are all finally negative and all cases were thankfully mild. Like many of us, all this comes after weeks of altered or cancelled holiday festivities and postponed gatherings with family and friends. Another year of not having events that used to be pillars of our family ties and seasonal traditions.
Despite the negative tests this week, there's an uneasiness that isn't leaving.
There's a collective heaviness that this environment is bringing us, and I think it's important that we name it and move through it together.
This is real. It's here.
We're coming up on two years of living in a global pandemic environment, and so many of us are carrying with us and learning to move through so much that never have before:
In the Summer of 2011, I was living in NYC and getting divorced, after 7 years of marriage.
I had baby who had just turned one. I had been with his father for 11 years. I was 30 years old, living in Brooklyn with a new job in Manhattan. I was terrified and lost.
A few months after, I was terrified and lost plus, I was looking forward to start dating.
When you haven't been single since the 1990's and you've never seen an online dating site - the dating world can seem incredibly intimidating.
I had no idea what I was doing when it comes to dating. I later learned, no one really does. It's not something you figure out with your head alone.
It would be nine years later - mid-pandemic on a first date that was mostly masked and socially distant - that I would reconnect with a friend and have that bloom into the committed partnership I have today. The one I had always wanted.
I spent the better part of the last 12 years working with big brands and individuals helping them to tell their stories. Since becoming an entrepreneur, I've always strived to tell my own - in the most authentic, consistent, and raw way that I knew how to.
This year has been such an invitation to deepen:
I'm re-emerging and feeling a rebirth in so many different ways. And here's what I hear and am being powerfully called towards:
Depth, Focus, Intimacy, Truth, Impact, Rest, Joy.
Something about turning 40 and embracing the sacred feminine in me has made me (even more) allergic to gimmicks, trends, and fads. I want to own my energy, and I want the spaces I show up in to reflect and honor the profound healing and power that I have to share.
And so a blog. This is where I feel called to put my...